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The Thing from the lake - Eleanor Ingram

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You just know you have a winner on your hands when you can take the chapters, shuffle them like so many cards, and read the novel that way, and see no much difference.

There's also a pretty easy way of editing this into an abridged version: just remove every other chapter.

Yes, it's that bad.

Allow me to explain:

The plot has a guy buying a house by some swampland.  Then a cousin of his appears... for pages upon pages, with her husband.  So this guy allows them to stay in the house.

A woman appears and threatens the man.  She claims to be of supernatural origin.  That is not explored further - in fact I think the author may have forgotten all about it.  In the end she stays.  A thing appears, and speaks to the man.  It goes away in the most underwhelming manner imaginable.

This almost managed to create atmosphere.  Every time it got going, it was ruined with too much talk.  Way too much talk.  And when there was no atmosphere being attempted, there was the cousin.

There was way too much of that cousin and her marriage, and too little of that really talkative thing.

I think a better title would have been: "A married couple living by some swampland"

Nasty.

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